Diesel drivers must pay Β£2.45 more to park in Westminster

The D-charge is being trialled by council in a bid to cut air pollution

Words By Claire Evans

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Westminster council has today launched a trial that will force owners of pre-2015 diesel cars to pay a 50% hourly surcharge to park in on-street bays in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and the Hyde Park area.

That brings the cost of an hour’s parking in these spaces up to Β£7.35 for diesel cars, compared with the standard rate of Β£4.90. Westminster is the first local council to impose extra parking charges for diesel cars. It has the backing of community groups, including the Marylebone Association.

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When the scheme was announced in January, councillor David Harvey said: β€œAdditional charges for diesel vehicles will mean people think twice about using highly polluting cars and invest in cleaner transport that will make a real difference in the quality of air we breathe.”

The trial comes ahead of the introduction of London’s T-charge in October, which will impose an extra Β£10 on drivers of older diesel vehicles for entering the Congestion Charging zone.

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